Not only is he making money by putting new episodes of The Apprentice on the air, but he’s got people like me out there buying his books! I read The Art of The Deal last summer and am only getting around to posting the book review now. Sorry about that, folks. Sometimes life gets in the way!
I liked this book. I liked looking at business deals the way that Donald Trump looks at them – or at least seeing what vantage point he takes when judging a new real estate deal. Trump provides an interesting look at how he approaches a deal, the players involved, and the politics involved.
Of particular interest is the Wollman Rink story. Trump takes the reader through the story of the city spending tons and tons of money on a project that he felt he could complete at a fraction of the cost and in a quicker time period. I won’t ruin the ending of that particular story (does The Donald actually make it?), but I’m sure that those of you who are old enough to remember this actually happening – which I am not – know how it ends!
Other good parts of the book include: the story of how Trump employed his then-wife Ivana to manage one of his hotels because of her meticulous attention to detail, how/why Trump renovated his buildings in the manner that he did especially those that are in the heart of New York City, and when Trump knows he’s got a good deal and when he’s got a failure.
For anyone out there who likes looking at money in a non-traditional way (like I do), I recommend this book. It’s not too domineering to be unreadable, nor is it too secretive to not be informative. I give it two thumbs up!